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Get together vs get-together

Get together is a verb phrase that means to socially gather two or more people in one place. Get together may also describe aggregating a group of things. Lastly, get together may refer to two or more people putting aside their differences in order to cooperate. Related terms are gets together, got together, getting together.

The hyphenated term, get-together, is a noun that describes a casual social gathering. The word get-together came into use at the beginning of the twentieth century. Remember, the verb phrase get together is never hyphenated, the noun form get-together is always hyphenated.


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Examples

Henstridge revealed that she isn’t so sure the scientists will officially get together any time soon. (The International Business Times)

It stretched plausibility that Rick would get together with long-time platonic underling Michonne mere weeks after new girlfriend Jessie was eaten by zombies. (The Telegraph)

Scrubs fans were given a treat over Easter as the show’s stars got together again – six years after the hit TV series ended. (The Irish Mirror)

People get together all the time to celebrate a friend or family member who is having a birthday or an anniversary, or who has earned a job promotion or some other honor. (The Independent Mail)

A source tells PEOPLE “one of Joe’s closest friends” hosted a get-together for Joe, his wife Teresa and the couple’s four daughters, as well as the family and friends. (People Magazine)

He will be hosting a get-together in September for the Irish in Kuwait, particularly for the new teachers to help them settle in, and deal with culture shock or any visa issues. (The Irish Times)

Brennan continued that “evidence of sobriety is compelling” and that nine witnesses who were with Jenkins at a get-together at his home the night of the crash “provided testimony about Mr. Jenkins’ minimal alcohol consumption and level of sobriety.” (The Eagle-Tribune)

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